The most difficult part of being on the ketogenic (keto) diet or any other diet, for that matter, is cutting down on sweets or completely letting go of them. For someone who has a sweet tooth and finds it next to impossible to resist a cookie or a slice of cake, quitting sugar is a Gordian knot. I never thought I could do it.
Who doesn’t like sweets? I don’t know about you, but whenever I need something to cheer me up, anything sweet would do the trick. But that was before I knew better. I come from a family with a long history of diabetes. Aside from that, the fact that I am on the keto diet, the undeniable adverse effects of sugar on our body and health must not be ignored.
What Are the Negative Effects of Sugar?
- Weight Gain
Obesity boils down to one culprit: too much sugar. In fact, one of the main reasons obesity is rising worldwide is because of sugar-sweetened beverages which are loaded with fructose. The thing about fructose is it increases your desire for food. You notice how drinking ice cold soda makes you want to eat more? That’s fructose working your brain and body.
- Heart Disease
Consuming high amounts of sugar can cause not only obesity but also inflammation and high triglyceride, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels - all these are contributing factors to heart disease.
This is another lesson I have had to learn the hard way. When we eat sugary food, it quickly spikes our blood sugar and insulin levels which causes increased androgen secretion and oil production, and will eventually lead to acne.
I won’t sugarcoat it for you: Obesity is considered the strongest risk for diabetes. When you are resistant to insulin, your blood sugar levels rise, which increase the risk of diabetes.
Again, obesity increases the risk of cancer. Not only can sugar cause insulin resistance but also inflammation in the body which increases cancer risk.
These are the top 5 most alarming effects of sugar on our health. In fact, there are a whole lot more, that I decided it is high time to cut down on sugar and take it seriously, especially because I have polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. I decided to consult my physician and ask for recommendations on the best keto-friendly sweetener. She recommended KetoseSweet+.
KetoseSweet+ is a product of Steviva. Steviva has been fighting metabolic disease and “diabesity” for 20 years by producing all-natural, safe, and healthy sweeteners to make table sugar, high fructose corn syrup, and artificial sweeteners obsolete. They have come up with their proprietary water extraction system to ensure that their products are the purest in the market.
KetoseSweet+ is one of Steviva’s products that have helped replace unhealthy sugars found in many households. KetoseSweet+ contains allulose. Allulose is a rare, natural sugar found in maple syrup, figs, and raisins. It is safe, non-caloric, and non-glycemic sweetener. Apart from allulose, KetoseSweet+ also has monk fruit. Monk fruit resembles a melon that grows on a vine. It can be found in China and Thailand. How does it become a sweetener? The fruit is juices and then crystallized. The last ingredient used in KetoseSweet+ is stevia. Stevia comes from its plant, with the scientific name Stevia rebaudiana, is found in Paraguay and Brazil. Stevia is the most popular sugar alternative in the market today.
KetoseSweet+ is available in two forms: powder and liquid. It has 0 calories per tablespoon. It is not absorbed by the body and has a high digestive tolerance. Because of these characteristics, KetoseSweet+ is keto-friendly, primal diet-friendly, and paleo-friendly.
Following my doctor’s advice and after reading about KetoseSweet+, I decided to give it a try. I chose the KetoseSweet+ in powder form. Right now, the only use I have for sweeteners is for my coffee. I immediately put KetoseSweet+ to work the following morning. I put three teaspoons of sugar in my cup of coffee. I was so surprised to find that KetoseSweet+ does not taste too different from the normal sugar I use. Yes, it is not as sweet as three teaspoons of table sugar, but I don’t mind. After all, that is the very purpose of using KetoseSweet+ as a keto-friendly sweetener.
So, what are you waiting for? Make that KetoseSweet+ healthy switch.